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The universalization of the concept and legal instruments of cultural diversity in the face of present day space-time configurations: The contribution of new media

Eliane Lordello, Student of the Post-Graduate Program in Urban Development MDU ? UFPE
Norma Lacerda, Professor of the Post-Graduate Program in Urban Development MDU ? UFPE


Abstract
The development of this paper is inspired by the following apparent paradox identified in the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity: although the globalization process (facilitated by the surge of new information and communication technologies) represents a challenge to cultural diversity, it should be considered an opportunity for dialogue between different cultures and civilizations. As such, the objective is to contemplate the potentials of universalization of the concepts and guidelines contained in the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity in the face of the space-time configurations of today. In guiding the efforts of our research, it is hypothesized that new digital technologies, Web media in particular, socialize cultural diversity and contribute to the universalization of heritage documents in the scope of all humanity. According to the hypothesis, the following methodological procedures are adopted: 1) the concept of diversity is traced in seven heritage documents which direct and indirectly cite that concept (this tracing is referenced in the bibliography and is related to other concepts); 2) the above mentioned paradox is explored and analyzed, focusing on the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity as the proposed hypothesis; 3) the potentials that Web presents to the universalization of the concept and guidelines contained in the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity are identified and analyzed; 4) the pertinence of the formulated hypothesis is verified, and Web is designate as a fundamental means for the diffusion of cultural diversity and heritage documents in current planetary configurations of time and scale. .


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